Equality California (EQCA)

Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Equality California Disappointed with Lack of Real Reform in FDA's Proposed Change to Blood Donor Deferral Policy for Men Who Have Sex with Men
Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in California, today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on the agency's intention to reduce the...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
State of LGBT Equality in 55 California Cities Detailed in HRC’s New Municipal Equality Index
The Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, an annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation, including 55 in California, found that while California cities are some of the best in the country, there are wide disparities in how California's cities guarantee civil...
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Equality California Launches Campaign to End the FDA’s Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban
Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization in California, today launched a mobilization campaign to urge the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration to end the discriminatory lifetime ban on blood...
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Thursday, July 03, 2014
Streamlined Process for Transgender Birth Certificate Changes Takes Effect
As of yesterday, California will no longer require a court hearing or newspaper publication for transgender people to change their birth certificate to reflect their authentic, lived gender identity. The change comes as part of the implementation of Assembly Bill 1121, authored in 2013 by Speaker Toni Atkins and cosponsored by Equality California and the Transgender Law Center.
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Friday, May 30, 2014
Bill to Curb “Panic Defense” Passes Assembly
The California Assembly passed AB 2501, a bill authored by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla that is designed to curb the so-called "panic defense" by making it clear that a defendant’s discovery of a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity is not sufficient provocation to reduce a charge of murder to manslaughter. The bill, which is co-sponsored by Equality California and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, passed by a bipartisan vote of 50-18.
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Friday, March 21, 2014
EQCA-Sponsored Bill to Improve Safety and Prevent Bullying in California Schools Clears Committee with Bipartisan Support
A bill – authored by Senator Ricardo Lara and co-sponsored by Equality California and GSA Network – that would improve the handling of bullying and discrimination incidents in public schools, has passed the Senate Education Committee by a bipartisan vote of 7-0-2.
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Monday, December 16, 2013
Bay Area Education Leaders Support the School Success and Opportunity Act
Local school boards and communities this week continued their progress towards implementing the School Success and Opportunity Act, which Governor Brown signed earlier this year. The new law restates existing anti-discrimination law to ensure that all students, including transgender students, have the opportunity to fully participate and succeed in schools.
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Monday, August 12, 2013
Governor Brown Signs Historic Transgender Students Bill into Law
Today, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the historic School Success and Opportunity Act into law, ensuring transgender youth have the opportunity to fully participate and succeed in schools across the state. Assembly Bill 1266, authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, passed the California State Senate and Assembly earlier this summer.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Freedom to Marry Returns to California for Same-Sex Couples
The United States Supreme Court has dismissed the final appeal in the Hollingsworth v. Perry case, better known as the Proposition 8 case, restoring the freedom to marry in California. The Court ruled by a vote of 5-4 that the proponents of Prop. 8 had no standing to bring the appeal.
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Monday, June 03, 2013
Equality California Releases New Polling Data Showing Majority of Likely Voters in California Support Marriage for Same-Sex Couples
California is ready for the resumption of marriage for same-sex couples, Equality California announced today based on polling of likely voters showing 55 percent favor the freedom to marry, an increase of 18 percent since 2004. Intensity of support has increased dramatically as well, with those who strongly favor the freedom to marry increasing from 24 to 42 percent over the same time period. (Poll documentation can be found here ).
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